A group of Fenland students outside of mainstream education have embarked on a new journey – in more ways than one.
The children and young adults who attend On Track Education Services, an alternative secondary school in Wisbech, have launched a fundraising drive in a bid to raise £2,000 for an educational school trip next year.
Not only will their efforts see them cycle more than 800 miles over the next couple of months, but will also lead them on a journey of personal development, as they hold a number of fundraisers set to boost both their confidence and social skills.
The students launched the fundraiser at Tesco in Cromwell Road, Wisbech, last week, when they held a cake stall and tombola with staff, parents and carers.
They also held the first leg of a static sponsored bike ride, which will see them cycle a total of 834 miles – the equivalent of cycling from Lands End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland – in the next couple of months.
The group took it in turns on two static bikes loaned by the 24/7 gym, and they cycled a bumper 266km (165 miles) in five hours.
The event raised a total of £277.56 towards their school trip, with more fundraisers now being planned.
Gemma Adams, a learning support assistant at On Track Education Services, said: “The sponsored bike ride is a pretty big deal for our students who struggle with socialising and being in busy environments.
“Our aim is to raise £2,000 over the next year to fund an educational activity experience which will hopefully include an overnight stay,” she added. “Some students haven’t experienced this before and it will help them to develop confidence and different social aspects.”
She said the fundraising day at Tesco was a huge success, and gave the students a great experience.
“The public support was overwhelming and they showed kindness and understanding as well as giving generously to our cause,” said Gemma.
“The students are looking forward to working with the staff on some more great fundraising events and being a step closer to their target.” She also thanked local businesses who supported the event and donated tombola prizes.
On Track Education Services is based in Oldfield Lane, Wisbech, and provides an alternative provision to students who may find it difficult to achieve in mainstream settings for various different reasons.
For more information contact 01945 580898.